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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 1

Anthony Schwartz shocks everyone with his playing time and production.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Baker Mayfield 59 100% 21-of-28 (75%) for 321 yards, 1 INT. 1 rush, 7 yards.
  • It’s a shame that Baker Mayfield couldn’t get that final pass out of bounds before the defender started tripping him up — the Browns still had a decent shot of pulling off a victory there. Aside from that, Mayfield was masterful with his footwork, timing, looking off his first reads, selling playaction fakes, etc. He was throwing these with ease all game:
  • Per PFF, Mayfield threw the ball 10.4 yards per throw, which was the second-highest among Week 1 quarterbacks. That could be a sign that Kevin Stefanski will look to stretch the field more often this year through the air.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Nick Chubb 31 53% 15 carries, 83 yards (5.5 YPC), 2 TD, 1 fumble. 2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets).
RB Kareem Hunt 28 47% 6 carries, 33 yards (5.5 YPC), 1 TD. 3 catches, 28 yards (3 targets). 1 2 PT-conversion.
RB Andy Janovich 11 19% 0 catches (1 target).
  • Like Mayfield, Nick Chubb played a solid game, aside from the fumble. It happens, but obviously stands out more against a team that has a prolific offense like the Chiefs do. Per PFF, Chubb “churned out 55 yards after contact and forced six missed tackles in another solid showing.”
  • Kareem Hunt looked sharp in his debut as well, contributing 9 touches for 61 yards and accounting for 8 of the team’s points (a touchdown and two-point conversion).
  • The Browns’ screen game with the backs looked pretty good.
  • There were no offensive snaps for rookie RB/WR Demetric Felton.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Jarvis Landry 51 86% 5 catches, 71 yards (5 targets). 2 rushes, 13 yards, 1 TD.
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones 47 80% 1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).
WR Anthony Schwartz 31 53% 3 catches, 69 yards (5 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins 4 7% No stats registered.
  • Prior to the game, fans were surprised to hear that Odell Beckham Jr. would not be active — although after hearing that news, it’s completely understandable, given what he’s trying to come back from.
  • The other thing no one really expected was the role that Anthony Schwartz would have. He played over half of the snaps, catching 3 passes for 69 yards. It’s too bad he couldn’t haul in the jump-ball type of pass late in the game, although that’s not his strong suit and the defensive back did a nice job knocking it free.
  • I wasn’t sure how much Donovan Peoples-Jones had played, given the fact that he only had one catch late in the game. He actually played 80% of the snaps, but was only targeted that one time.
  • Another year, and another start to the season in which Rashard Higgins’ role on offense was diminished, as he only played 4 snaps.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Austin Hooper 38 64% 3 catches, 27 yards (3 targets).
TE David Njoku 35 59% 3 catches, 76 yards (5 targets).
TE Harrison Bryant 19 32% 1 catch, 17 yards (2 targets).
  • PFF called TE David Njoku “a matchup nightmare” for the Chiefs. I loved how the Browns utilized him on downfield routes — give him enough time to get into those routes, and he can beat a linebacker for big yardage, especially with the way Mayfield was throwing the ball.
  • TE Austin Hooper had three early catches, but wasn’t involved as a receiver after that.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joel Bitonio 59 100%
OL JC Tretter 59 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 59 100%
OL Jack Conklin 59 100%
OL Chris Hubbard 39 66%
OL Jedrick Wills 20 34%
  • Chris Hubbard filled in well, all things considered. It’s a shame that Jedrick Wills has suffered early injuries now in each of his two games against the Chiefs.
  • Per PFF, LG Joel Bitonio and RT Jack Conklin were the best-graded offensive linemen in the NFL at their positions for Week 1. RG Wyatt Teller, though, was deemed “just average” after a dominant 2020 season.